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Director, Congressional Relations, Economic Justice
Michelle McGrain is Director, Congressional Relations, Economic Justice, at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she manages day-to-day federal policymaker relationships and develops and leverages partner relationships to advance the National Partnership’s legislative agenda. Michelle is primarily focused on educating Congress about the issues within the National Partnership’s workplace and economic security agenda: paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, equal pay, pregnancy discrimination, workplace harassment and fighting harmful proposals that erode workers’ and women’s economic rights.
Prior to joining the National Partnership, Michelle spent almost five years on Capitol Hill serving on the policy teams for Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congresswoman Jackie Speier. While on Senator Mikulski’s team, she led the effort to bring the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument into the National Park System.
Outside of work, Michelle is an active member of Jews United for Justice, served as a volunteer leader for the DC Paid Family Leave Campaign, and has volunteered on various national and local campaigns. She also founded the Columbia Heights chapter of Swing Left, one of the most active chapters in the country, which helped elect Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (VA-07). Michelle lives in Washington, D.C., and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland.